Fighting mobile fashion

IT directors that think they can apply the same rules to the management of handheld devices as they do to the deployment of...

IT directors that think they can apply the same rules to the management of handheld devices as they do to the deployment of laptops and desktop PCs are in for a wake-up call, according to Marc Silvester, corporate technology officer at Fujitsu Services.

The problem is the fact that mobile devices have come to be seen as a fashion accessory, leading people to customise their hardware and software. "The question that needs to be answered

is whether individuals should be allowed to bring their own devices into the corporate environment," said Silvester.

If, as Silvester believes, the individuals will have their say on the devices they use, then the demands on the IT infrastructure need to be thought about beforehand.

IT directors who attempt to lock down the type of mobile devices used and the services available through them will end up fighting a battle with fashion, Silvester warned.

High-powered executives are likely to buy the latest gizmos hyped in the Sunday supplements, regardless of IT department policy.

The companies for which Fujitsu provides managed desktop services have been enquiring about services for the management of PDAs and phones said Silvester. And this is a problem that Fujitsu is attempting to address internally as well as in consultation with its corporate customers.

Fujitsu plans to provide device management services using wireless extensions to CA Unicenter.

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